Texas House of Representatives District 120

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Texas House of Representatives District 120
Current incumbentRuth Jones McClendon Democratic Party
Race23.9% White, 72.6% Black/Hispanic, 3.5% Other
Ethnicity53.2% Not Hispanic, 46.8% Hispanic
Voting age71.3% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Texas's one hundred-twentieth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Ruth Jones McClendon.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 175,132 civilians reside within Texas's one hundred-twentieth state house district.[1] Texas state representatives represent an average of 167,637 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 139,012 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Texas House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Texas legislators assume office at the beginning of the legislative session (January).


To be eligible to serve in the Texas House of Representatives, a candidate must be:[4]

  • A U.S. citizen
  • 21 years old before the general election
  • A two-year resident of Texas before the general election
  • A district resident for 1 year prior to the general election


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Texas Legislature are paid $7,200/year. Legislators receive $150/day per diem which is set by the Ethics Commission.[5]


When calculating a legislators' pension, their normal salary is artificially inflated to $125,000. This goes back to 1981, when lawmakers linked their salaries to those of state judges. Since then, they raised judges' salaries while removing the caps on their own pensions, pushing the maximum benefit up to 100% of a judge's salary.

In 2011, this resulted in an average state employee pension of $17,526 annually. The maximum pension a legislator can earn is $125,000, of which Rep. Tom Craddick (R) will be the first to qualify for when he retires. .[6]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, the Governor must call a special election to fill the vacant seat.[7] A Governor's proclamation to a special election must be delivered to local elections authorities representing the vacant seat no later than 36 days before the scheduled election.[8]

The Secretary of State can declare a candidate duly elected in a special election if there is no opposition.[9]



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Texas House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on May 29, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Ruth Jones McClendon (D) defeated Gregory L. Fox (G) in the general election. McClendon was unopposed in the Democratic primary election.[10]

Texas House of Representatives, District 120, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRuth Jones McClendon Incumbent 87.9% 33,756
     Green Gregory L. Fox 12.1% 4,651
Total Votes 38,407

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Texas House of Representatives District 120 have raised a total of $1,057,597. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $132,200 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Texas House of Representatives District 120
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $171,333 1 $171,333
2010 $161,124 1 $161,124
2008 $226,395 1 $226,395
2006 $161,600 1 $161,600
2004 $147,946 2 $73,973
2002 $125,594 1 $125,594
2000 $63,605 1 $63,605
Total $1,057,597 8 $132,200

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